Tackle shops reopen and river season starts at angling’s ‘new normal’ marches on

TACKLE shops across the country have just reopened, and the river season has begun… putting angling fully into its ‘new normal’. Tackle shops open – after weeks of waiting, customers can go into tackle shops again. Most tackle shops put measures in place to be able to re-open their doors to customers on June 15. […]

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Britain’s heaviest catfish

IF THERE is a heavier freshwater fish currently in the UK than this one, we’d like to see it! Scaling a massive 147 lb, Britain’s heaviest catfish fell to Paul Fyson, who starred in Angler’s Mail magazine’s unrivalled Fish Of The Week pages. Paul set a new UK ‘record’ for catfish when he caught a […]

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Top bait firm Baitcraft welcomes anglers to their ‘family’

A TOP baits firm is trying to get anglers who are struggling financially back on the bank. Baitcraft has been expanding its ‘family’ of anglers, mostly carp fans, but its range of products also score with barbel, tench and bream. The firm is letting more join before the end of June 2020, extending the period […]

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Spawning fish – angler’s guide to when and where they do it

ANGLER’S MAIL columnist Dr Ian Welch looks at spawning and whether anglers should target fish at specific times. Fish spawning – these carp are going for it! If any of you were fortunate enough to live close enough to a river or lake for it to be part of your daily exercise walk during the […]

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Endangered eels are surging back

ENDANGERED eels look set for much better years ahead, after a bumper crop of ‘babies’ was spotted. Elvers are returning in the best numbers than for many years. Andrew Kerr, chairman of the Sustainable Eel Group, has found huge numbers of elvers in the mighty River Severn catchment system. Elvers – also called glass eels […]

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Government and bank cash helps Angling Direct fishing chain during crisis

BRITAIN’S largest tackle shop chain has taken a £2.5million short-term bank loan to help its efforts to ride out the coronavirus crisis. Angling Direct how they are tackling the impact of coronavirus, as tackle shops everywhere await news of when they can reopen. The Angling Direct fishing tackle business has also put most of its […]

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Angling Trust push case for fishing to resume after lockdown rules are relaxed

The national governing body for recreational fishing is pushing the case to Government for the pursuit we love to be allowed before too long. Most keen anglers, aside from staying safe, have been wondering ‘when will fishing start again in the UK?’ Finally news has emerged about what is being said at a high level. […]

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Neolithic chewing gum helps recreate image of ancient Dane

Analysis of birch tar describes a female hunter-gatherer with dark skin and blue eyes At the dawn of the Neolithic era, a young woman discarded a lump of ancient chewing gum made from birch tar into a shallow, brackish lagoon that drew fishers to the coast of southern Denmark. Nearly 6,000 years later, researchers excavating […]

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Huge barbel to bait boss

BAIT and tackle company boss John Llewellyn was more than happy with his first two bites of 2020 from the River Thames. John Llewellyn got off to a great start to 2020. The first was this cracking 15 lb 2 oz barbel, and the second came from a 6 lb 8 oz chub. The barbel […]

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Do-it-yourself pike!

IONUT MITREA needed to do a bit of DIY to a new lure and it resulted in this pristine 24 lb 8 oz pike from a local lake. The 31-year-old night shift supervisor had the tail of a new 18 cm Quantum Yolo Swim Shad taken by a fish. He replaced it with one from […]

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